Bison in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, N.D.
Scientists have tracked endangered species for years. Now they're figuring out how to highlight animals and plants that have recovered – but what does that mean?
The conservation concern about these
Mantidactylus frogs has been underestimated - until now.
Mark D. Scherz
The Red List ranks species based on how threatened they are. But it can be inaccurate.
The scaly-foot snail, otherwise known as the sea pangolin.
When Julia Sigwart went looking for the scaly-foot snail – or Sea Pangolin – in the deep ocean, they were hard to find. Now they are seen as endangered from the prospect of deep sea mining.
A giant guitarfish caught in West Papua is hung from a fishing boat. Guitarfish are in trouble, according to the IUCN Red List.
Conservation International/Abdy Hasan
An update of the IUCN Red List attempts to map the real extent of global biodiversity loss.
A bumblebee sips nectar from a clover.
Wild bees pollinate trees and shrubs that feed and shelter wildlife, provide flood control, prevent soil erosion and help regulate the climate.
Yellow anaconda (snake) skins pegged to dry by indigenous people in Argentina.
When small regional communities see economic value in animals like snakes and crocodiles, people are motivated to invest in their protection.
The first Fernandina giant tortoise seen in over 112 years.
Galapagos National Park Directorate
From the reappearance of giant bees to sightings of clouded leopards – can we ever be certain that a species has died out?
The endangered Coquerel’s Sifaka lemur.
The endangered species list is over 90 000 and includes Madagascar's lemurs.
Autumn edible mushrooms, mostly Boletus edulis.
The global mushroom industry is worth $35 billion yearly and growing. But mushrooms and other fungi play important ecological roles that scientists are still learning about – and some may be endangered.
A new study, recently published in the journal Bird Conservation International, will help inform the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.
A team of researchers led by Edith Cowan University have surveyed the PNG island of New Britain to see how the bird population is faring. There's good news and bad news.
Dypsis decipiens - a highly threatened palm of Madagascar.
International and local demand have brought Madagascar's palm species to the brink of extinction.
A little protection over here, please?
AP Photo/Harry Hamburg
Giraffe populations have declined by more than a third over the past 30 years. Two wildlife law experts explain the protections that would come with including them on a US list of endangered species.
Cheetah are now restricted to less than 10% of its historical distribution, and survive in just 33 populations.
A new study reveals that just 7,100 cheetahs remain globally, representing the best available estimate for the species to date.
Giraffes’ future is much less secure than many people had imagined.
Are giraffes really facing extinction? The decline of these beloved animals - and many others – has been hidden in plain sight as Africa builds ever more roads, railways and cities.
The Cape peninsula moss frog is smaller than 20mm and is, therefore, hard to monitor.
A robust technique using the wonders of digital media has helped researchers understand how threatened species like frogs are faring on our globally changing planet.
CITES has become the premier multilateral arrangement to tackle illegal wildlife trafficking.
The focus of CITES is not solely on the protection of species. It also promotes controlled trade that is not detrimental to the sustainability of wild species.